The British seem to have a continuing obsession with owning their own home in a way that,s ay, the French or Germans do not. This attitude is often linked to the housing boom that started in the 1980s when local authority housing was being sold off to tenants at knock-down prices and the mortgage market was deregulated. There was a slump (or re-correction) in the housing market in the late 80s but soon we were back on a relentless rise of property prices and more and more people started to view property as more of an investment than a place to create roots and build a home and life.
If you are looking to add value to your home and garden whilst making it a more enjoyable place to spend time then one of the most beneficial improvements you can make is to invest in a garden structure such as a wooden gazebo, arbor, summerhouse or pergola. This is because not only do they make a great focal point to the garden but they are also functional in their design as they can be utilized for numerous purposes such as outdoor entertaining (as the provide shade and shelter), relaxation spaces or a comfortable seating areas thus helping to enhance your outdoor lifestyle.
Ever invited someone to stay with you and felt a huge rush of panic the moment you remember the state the spare room is in? When you realise you forgot that several ‘car boot ready’ black bags, a spin bike, ten unopened boxes from the house move and a Christmas tree all obstruct anyone from even getting more than half a foot into the room, let alone staying in it.
What you probably want to do is slap those marigolds on and get waist deep in cleaning and tidying the room right now. But it needn’t be such a panicked affair.
Follow this list of tips to help you calmly and easily get your guest room guest ready
If you are lacking a decent outdoor space for relaxation and entertainment or your garden is looking a little dated then of the most popular up and coming trends in garden design is to erect a wooden gazebo. This is because not only do they provide an excellent focal point to your property they are also really functional and as such prove to be great value for money.
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I think you'll agree that we all love our homes and love to improve them as much as we can. While the percentage of people who regularly do DIY has fallen in recent years that doesn't mean we are not interested in how our homes look – we are just less keen on doing the hard work ourselves. But whether you are a DIY fan who can turn their hand to anything or someone who prefers to sit back and let the decorator or interior designer work their magic we hope you will find some inspiration here.
If you are keen on colour or prefer neutrals, love natural beauty and texture, or super perfect finishes; whether you are an upcycler on a budget (I think that's many of us really) or able to splash out on designer items and beautiful unique art we are all drawn together by our love of all things in the home (and the garden too).
And if you are moving house we love to talk about that too – the excitement of a new place – new colours and finishes to choose, maybe some new furniture. And just the excitement of a new outlook from the windows, new plants sprouting in the garden (if you are lucky) and a new area to explore are reason enough to go through all the stress of the house buying process, packing up our things, entrusting them to a removals company or even shipping them off to self storage, and then unpacking all over again at the other end. But it is definitely worth it if you are fortunate enough to have found a better house for your needs and wants. And our pro tip about self storage if you do choose to use it for long-distance moves or simply to help with the logistics of the move is to use one that has a collection and delivery service. Whatever method of moving all your household possessions you choose to use don't forget to compare removals and storage prices and services from several different companies.
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